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Cult and Image of St. Anne in Late Medieval England

Tracey Silvester Anne was a created saint who grew to function symbolically for a wide range of different social groups in their cultural practices, with considerable powers as mother of Mary and grandmother of Christ. By the late Middle Ages in England, the cult had manifested itself in horae, vitae, plays and feast day celebrations, and wide-ranging devotionContinue reading “Cult and Image of St. Anne in Late Medieval England”

How can the material culture of parish churches further our understanding of lay devotion to saints in the Middle Ages?

Frances Cook Two saintly figures preside over the baptism of a child in this fifteenth-century panel of stained glass from the parish church of St Mary, Combs, Suffolk. The panel is found in the south aisle alongside five other panels depicting the life of St Margaret of Antioch. However, the baptism of a baby playsContinue reading “How can the material culture of parish churches further our understanding of lay devotion to saints in the Middle Ages?”

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